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Special Measures to Support the Response to the Refugee and Migrant Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Phase II

 

The overall objective of the project was to support Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in managing migration flows in the context of increased number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants entering the country since the end of 2017. The Action is subject to a Contribution Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA and DRC implemented specific activities under selected outputs, directly, as well as through their partners. Through this action, IOM, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA and DRC work to provide for the basic needs and human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Special attention is given to persons with specific vulnerabilities and needs, such as children, including Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC). The action built on the previously implemented phase and complemented other previous and ongoing efforts of the Government of BiH, International and local organizations.

 

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Flood recovery – Housing interventions in Republika Srpska

 

Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme represents the next phase in the European Union’s efforts to alleviate the catastrophic effects of the 2014 floods. The intervention, launched in September 2017, provides durable housing solutions, coupled with improved livelihood opportunities, for the most vulnerable families whose homes were damaged or destroyed in floods and landslides. The Programme, valued at 15 million euro, is funded by the European Union in cooperation with the entity governments of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), Republika Srpska (RS) and partner local governments. The Programme is implemented in 44 municipalities in BiH by UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Republika Srpska, and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), Hilfswerk International (HWI) the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

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Countering smuggling of migrants along the Western Balkan coastal route

 

The project “Countering smuggling of migrants along the Western Balkan coastal route”, financed by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by IOM BiH aims to enhance the regional cooperation between the beneficiary countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro – and strengthen their institutional capacities, to identify the migrants’ smugglers, effectively investigate the cases of smuggling of migrants,  to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators, and to protect migrants’ rights along the WB coastal route.

 

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Special Measures to Support the Response to the Refugee and Migrant Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Phase I

 

The project contributed to ensure the basic needs and human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants present in BiH primarily through the provision of food, accommodation and access to water sanitation and hygiene. During the project, the total accommodation capacity of the country was brought from 1,154 to up-to 4,654 beds through the opening of three reception centres (Bira, Miral and Borići), and the expansion of Ušivak Temporary Reception Centre. The project also ensured protection and assistance services, particularly for those in vulnerable situations, including access to asylum, psychosocial support, health care, guardianship for unaccompanied minors, and education for school-age children.

 

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Repair and Reconstruction of Centres for Disabled Children

Children with disabilities remain one of the most vulnerable populations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the country suffers from a lack of support services directly aimed at this group. Therefore Centres for Disabled Children can provide children and young people with disabilities the opportunity the maximize their potential to learn, provide supportive environments in which to enjoy educational and recreational activities, as well as providing much needed respite for families.

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Psychosocial Support for Vulnerable Persons Displaced by Floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The overall objective of the project was to alleviate the psychosocial effects of the recent floods and consequent displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to reduce psychosocial vulnerabilities and longer-term social pathologies, and ensure contact and engagement, safety and comfort, stabilization, adequate information gathering, and practical assistance in addressing immediate needs and concerns.

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Prevention and Awareness-Raising Campaign on Trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina (PARC)

The campaign intended to prevent trafficking activities by providing information and education about the risks and dangers of involvement in trafficking, including the transmission and spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections (STDs/STIs) and HIV/AIDS, to youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, victims of trafficking, users of sexual services, local authorities and media professionals. Nation-wide surveys have been performed for the campaign in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of public awareness and perception of the trafficking phenomenon in BiH.

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Building the Capacities of the Ministry of Defence of BiH to provide systematic support in the reintegration of discharged personnel into civilian life within the discharge process

The overall objective of the project was to independently provide systematic support to discharged personnel as an integral part of the discharge process.

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Assessment to Facilitate an Intervention Aiming at: Building the Capacity of BiH Institutions to Address Mental Health Issues amongst Defence Personnel in BiH

In the context of the planned intervention concerning the application of international models to support the Ministry of Defence in the design and implementation of a systematic response to the potential negative impacts of past and present war-related experiences on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing discharged and active duty staff of the Ministry of Defence, and those involved in peacekeeping missions, assessments have been undertaken to precisely define the terms of the intervention, determine the roles of relevant stakeholders, identify the basic self-sustainable structures t

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Cross-Border Returns Between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The project aimed to organize the voluntary, orderly and sustainable return of refugees displaced by the conflict in former Yugoslavia by providing transport and en-route medical assistance to an estimated 16,000 Croatian and Bosnian refugees. In cooperation with UNHCR and other relevant authorities and agencies, IOM planned to organize the logistics for the return of 8,000 Bosnian refugees in Croatia and 8,000 Croatian refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

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